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  • John Lewis learned the power and authority associated with words from his mother and the Bible. He preached sermons to the family's chickens. 
  • The Power of Words
  • Lewis learned of the brutal, senseless murder of a teenage boy that used the words " Bye, Baby" to a white woman. The body Emmett Till was pulled from the Tallahatchie River.
  • Lewis and his peers began to practice for the abuse they wold soon face. They used words to try to dehumanize on another.
  • White and black people were both allowed to purchase goods and shop in the market/ town area. But only whites were allowed full access to shops and restaurants.
  • Culture& Cultural Diversity
  • John Lewis traveled with his Uncle to New York as a young boy. They packed food, beverages, and neccesities for they trip because it was very dangerous for blacks to travel the highways of southern states.
  • In New York Lewis was amazed that black and whites lived side by side. He could not ignore that revelation, going back to the racist south. 
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